Why is space black?

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Re: Why is space black?

#21  Postby Blackadder » Sep 08, 2019 6:45 am

aufbahrung wrote:Could be any color. But it tends towards black. Why?


According the Book of Detritus, Chapter 1 Verses 3-5:

3. And on the first day, the Lord created the world. And it was yet without colour or soft furnishings.

4. So the Lord passed over the waters of the deep, even unto his shed, to find some white paint. For the Lord liketh white - it being clean and all that.

5. But he found that the white paint had gone, for only recently had he used it upon his kitchen ceiling. And in his wrath, he seized a tin of black paint and hurled it across the heavens. And lo, the heavens were painted black.
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Re: Why is space black?

#22  Postby Spinozasgalt » Sep 08, 2019 9:36 am

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Re: Why is space black?

#23  Postby Cito di Pense » Nov 25, 2019 8:55 am

aufbahrung wrote:Could be any color. But it tends towards black. Why?


The better question is why anything is not black. At least one can attempt an answer.

Y'know, I don't think this idiocy has had its ass entirely reamed, yet.

It was posted who knows where, but ended up in Astronomy. It belongs there like a fart belongs in a massage parlor.

ORZIL wrote:those who argue for ghosts explicitly do not base their arguments on empirical evidence.


So it goes.

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You mean't 'triggering idiots' a skill not requiring much smarts, only enough to know where the exit door is situated for if things go wrong.


See what I mean?

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Re: Why is space black?

#24  Postby Fallible » Nov 25, 2019 9:51 am

Holy necromancy, batman!
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Re: Why is space black?

#25  Postby Ironclad » Nov 25, 2019 9:52 am

The night sky may look very different if our eyes could capture more of the EMS, I'd hazard. Elves can see deeper into the UVS and the IRS, for example. Which is why one can not sneak up on their tomfoolery - they can see you clearly, while you only see blackness.
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Re: Why is space black?

#26  Postby aufbahrung » Nov 25, 2019 4:52 pm

The artefacts you see when you are total darkness. They might be neuronal missfiring. Could they not also be real objects far away in space? I mean like a fractal what we see on the smallest level reflected in the largest?
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Re: Why is space black?

#27  Postby SafeAsMilk » Nov 25, 2019 6:05 pm

It's caused by phosphenes. Thanks for the momentary diversion into la-la land, though.
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Re: Why is space black?

#28  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Nov 25, 2019 6:29 pm

newolder wrote:How is it not black?

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I can tell you how it can become not not black.

https://www.space.com/11380-big-bang-evidence-universe-trillion-years.html
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Re: Why is space black?

#29  Postby newolder » Nov 25, 2019 7:53 pm

A trillion years, you say? Pshaw!
A 2nd 'Big Bang' could end our universe in an instant — and it's all because of a tiny particle that controls the laws of physics

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The researchers think our universe could end in approximately 10 million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion years.
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Re: Why is space black?

#30  Postby aufbahrung » Nov 28, 2019 3:24 pm

Things that are not there don't have a color. My pet tabby cat which is currently absent does not appear black when it is away or when it returns. Space is stuff that isn't there. So where does the blackness of space come from? Surely with an accumulation of space and things in it there should at least be a tendancy to greyness. Twice so if space is coming from a point. Where the distance between objects was less than today? Perhaps it was grey and became black only recently?
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Re: Why is space black?

#31  Postby Thommo » Nov 28, 2019 3:25 pm

It's almost like you're actively trying not to understand.
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Re: Why is space black?

#32  Postby Svartalf » Nov 28, 2019 3:32 pm

I can assure you it's an innate gift for our scrumpster... he has a knack for meaninglessness, some days it reminds me of my own life
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Re: Why is space black?

#33  Postby Animavore » Nov 28, 2019 3:45 pm

Space isn't any colour. The blackness comes from your brain.
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Re: Why is space black?

#34  Postby Cito di Pense » Nov 28, 2019 3:47 pm

Black Spaces Matter!
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Re: Why is space black?

#35  Postby Spearthrower » Nov 28, 2019 4:37 pm

Space is stuff that isn't there.


Space is stuff that isn't there?

What stuff is it that isn't there?
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Re: Why is space black?

#36  Postby laklak » Nov 28, 2019 4:42 pm

Dark matter. It's blackish.
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Re: Why is space black?

#37  Postby Cito di Pense » Nov 28, 2019 5:07 pm

laklak wrote:Dark matter. It's blackish.


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Re: Why is space black?

#38  Postby TopCat » Nov 28, 2019 6:22 pm

Thommo wrote:It's almost like you're actively trying not to understand.

As opposed to exactly like that, rather than just almost? You mean it could be worse?

:shock:

I must admit I'm tempted to call 'Poe' on Auf's posts here.
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Re: Why is space black?

#39  Postby Thommo » Nov 28, 2019 6:29 pm

TopCat wrote:
Thommo wrote:It's almost like you're actively trying not to understand.

As opposed to exactly like that, rather than just almost? You mean it could be worse?

:shock:


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Re: Why is space black?

#40  Postby The_Metatron » Nov 28, 2019 6:30 pm

I understand the cosmic background radiation is everywhere. So, black? That's only a limitation of our eyesight, I'd suppose.


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